Today’s Sports Stat: December 8, 2017

Is it possible that the reason the New England Patriots have been so successful over the past several years is because opposing team kickers have found Gillett Stadium tough to kick in? Before you answer that, consider this:

From the 2010 NFL season until Week #13 of this year, opposing field goal kickers have made 76.1 percent of field goal attempts at the Patriots’ Gillett Stadium, lowest percentage of any opposing field goal kickers in an NFL stadium.

Here’s a look at the opposing team field goal percentages at each NFL team’s home field from 2010 until Week #13 of this season.

New England 76.1
Arizona 78.4
Miami 78.5

San Francisco 80.2
Tampa Bay 80.3
Rams 80.7
Washington 80.8
Cleveland 81.3
Green Bay 81.5
Philadelphia 81.9

Pittsburgh 81.9
Indianapolis 82.0
Oakland 82.4
Detroit 82.7
Chicago 83.5
Houston 83.5
Denver 83.9
Kansas City 83.9
Baltimore 84.3
Buffalo 84.6
Seattle 84.8
Chargers 85.6
New Orleans 85.7
Dallas 85.8
Jacksonville 86.2
Cincinnati 86.3
New York Jets 86.3
Tennessee 87.3
Minnesota 88.6
Carolina 88.9
Atlanta 88.8

New York Giants 90.5

There could be a lot of factors involved in why the Patriots’ opponents have the worst field goal percentage on New England’s home field… it could be the weather conditions, it could be the way the Pats’ special teams defend the attempted field goals of the opposition. It could be that Patriot opponents attempts more “longer” field goals.

In any case, I’ll just let the numbers speak for themselves. Any thoughts?


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Today’s Sports Stat: December 7, 2017

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points on his 23rd birthday last night leading the Bucks to a 104-100 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Now that Giannis has reached his 23rd birthday, we can take a look back at how his NBA career looks prior to turning 23… and how it compares to other NBA players who had success in the league prior to turning 23.

Giannis had:

  • … 5,364 points, ninth most career points by an NBA player before his 23rd birthday. LeBron James tops the list with 9,188 points before his 23rd birthday.
  • … 2,407 rebounds, eighth most among players before the age of 23. Dwight Howard tops the list with 4,303 rebounds.
  • … 1,230 assists, 15th in that stat category before turning 23. James tops this list with 2,231 assists.
  • … 394 steals, ninth most before turning 23. James tops this list with 603 steals.
  • … 445 blocked shots, tenth most before age 23. Josh Smith tops the list with 797.
  • … 10,886 minutes played, fifth most played before his 23rd birthday. James tops the list with 14,067.

Antetokounmpo is one of only 14 NBA players with 300 or more career games played prior to turning 23. He also ranks tied for fourth on the list of most triple-doubles by a player prior to his 23rd birthday with eight. Magic Johnson had 19, followed by LeBron with 14, Giannis’ coach, Jason Kidd, with 11, and Alvan Adams also with eight.

It’s interesting to note that Giannis is one of only three NBA players to have scored 5,000 points, grabbed 2,000 rebounds and hand-out 1,000 assists before turning 23. The others: LeBron and Tracy McGrady. If we add steals and blocked shots to the above three stats, Giannis is one of only two players in history (the other is McGrady) to have 5,000 points, 2,000 rebounds, 1,000 assists, 300 steals and 300 blocked shots before turning 23.

Giannis is certainly making a case as one of the top players in the NBA, but based on his stats above, we can confidently say today, the day after his 23rd birthday, that he has been one of the greatest players in the league prior to blowing out 23 candles on his birthday cake. It’s not too far-fetched to say that no one other than LeBron has had an impact on the NBA prior to turning 23 like Giannis.



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Today’s Sports Stat: December 6, 2017

In the 16 NFL games in last week’s Week #13, the home team had the lead at halftime in 12 of those games. The home teams eventually won 10 of those 12 games, with the Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals the only two home teams to lose after having the lead at halftime.

Since 2010, NFL home teams are 818-203-2 (.801 winning percentage) in games when they have the lead at halftime. Six teams have won over 90 percent of such games in that time frame… The New England Patriots are 45-1 (.978) since 2010 in home games when they have led their opponents at halftime. They are followed by Green Bay (.953), Seattle (.944), Denver (.938), Pittsburgh (.902) and Arizona (.900).

As you might expect, the Cleveland Browns are last in this stat category. The Brownies have a .556 winning percentage in home games when they lead the opposition at halftime.



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Today’s Sports Stat: December 5, 2017

Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker made all 14 of his free throw attempts in his team’s win over Orlando on Monday night. It was the second time in his career that he attempted 14 or more free throws in a game and made all of them. Walker was the fifth player to accomplish this feat this year; James Harden and Damian Lilliard have each done it twice.

Since 1963-64, a total of 452 players have attempted 14 or more free throws in a game and made all of them. Kevin Martin tops the list with 12 such games, followed by Kobe Bryant, James Harden and Jerry West, each with 10 games where they attempted 14 or more free throws and made all of them.

Dominique Wilkins holds the league mark since 1963-64 with the most free throw attempts by a player who made all of them. He was 23-for-23 in a December 8, 1992 game between his Atlanta Hawks and the Chicago Bulls. Five other players have attempted 20 or more free throws and made all of them in a game: Kevin Durant (2013) and Deron Williams (2012), each were 21-for-21… and Kobe Bryant (2009), Richard Hamilton (2004) and A’mare Stoudemire (2008), each were 20-for-20.



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Packerstats 2017: Game #12, 26-20 win over Tampa Bay

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 26-20 win over the Tampa bay Bucs on December 3.

  • The Packers have now won seven straight December home games. In the Mike McCarthy era, the Pack is 22-3 in December home games.
  • The Bucs scored first in the game. The Packers had lost six of their last nine when the opponents scored first in a game at Lambeau. Green Bay is now 10-7 in home games when the opposition scores first since 2010.
  • The Packers had the halftime lead, 17-10. Since 2010, Green Bay is 41-2 in home games when they have the lead at halftime.
  • Clay Matthews had 2.5 sacks in the contest. It was his 14th career game with two or more sacks. Green Bay is 10-3-1 in those games.
  • Dean Lowry had a sack and TD (on a fumble recovery) in the game. He is the first defender to have a sack and a TD in the same game since Clay Matthews on November 7, 2010. He is the seventh player to have a sack and TD in the same game since 1970. The others: Matthews, Charles Woodson, Al Harris, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Gabe Wilkins and Bryce Paup.
  • The Pack “D” had seven sacks in the game. It was their first seven-sack game since Sept. 28, 2015 versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Green Bay is 19-0 since 1970 in games where the defense gets seven or more sacks.
  • The Packers offense had only 13 completed passes in the game. It was the 16th game since 2000 where the team completed less than 15 passes in a game. They are 7-9 in those games.
  • Green Bay had only 77 net yards passing in the game. It was only the seventh time since 2000 that they had fewer than 100 yards passing in a game. It was only their second win in those games.
  • The OT win was the second this season for the team. The last time they won two or more games in overtime in a season was 2000. Green Bay is 13-15-5 in overtime games since 1978; they are 3-4-1 in OT games during McCarthy’s tenure.
  • A pair of rookies scored TDs in the game, Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones. Last season a pair of rookies scored TDs in the same game… Geronimo Allison and Trevor Davis.
  • Aaron Jones became the sixth player in team history to have his only running attempt in a game be a TD run of 20 or more yards. The others: Donald Driver, Phil Epps, James Lofton, Jon Staggers and Lamar McHan.
  • Green Bay is now 4-1 this season in games where they score 24 or more points in a game, 2-5 in games where they score fewer than 24.
  • Rookie running backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams have both run for 100 or more yards in a game this season. They are the third pair of Green Bay rookie running backs to have a 100-yard rushing game in the same season since Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin in 2013 and Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson in 2007.
  • The Packers ran only 53 plays in the game. Since 2000, the Packers are 18-16 in games where they run under 55 plays in a game.
  • Green Bay had 199 yards rushing in the contest. Since 2000, Green Bay is now 18-2-1 in games where they have 190 or more yards rushing in a game.
  • QB Brett Hundley was 13-for-22 for 84 yards in the game. It was his second career game where he had 20 or more pass attempts but less than 100 yards passing in the game. He becomes the eighth Green Bay QB to have two or more games with 20 or more pass attempts and less than 100 yards passing. The others: Carlos Brown, Lynn Dickey, John Hadl, Tobin Rote, Bart Starr, David Whitehurst and Randy Wright. Rote and Whitehurst top the list with five such games in their Green Bay careers.